Lisa Page, the former FBI attorney who carried on an adulterous affair with Peter Strzok and was busted over anti-Trump hatred and scheming thinks that the U.S. taxpayer should be forced to pay her for her “cost of therapy,” and the “permanent loss of earning capacity.”
That’s right. Since she’s suing the government, we’ll have to pay for this, and many people point out such behavior is typical of a liberal… she made the choices, she wrote the texts on government phones, but somehow, it’s not her fault they were released?
Basically, she wants to be set up for life at your expense, and is suing the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation to make it happen, claiming that the ‘release’ of her text messages with Strzok was “illegal.”
Page, 39, announced her lawsuit over Twitter on Tuesday. The attorney alleges that the DOJ and the FBI’s release of text messages between her and then-FBI agent Peter Strzok violated Privacy Act provisions regulating the release of private information to the media.
I sued the Department of Justice and FBI today.
I take little joy in having done so. But what they did in leaking my messages to the press was not only wrong, it was illegal.https://t.co/ecR58rmxlB
— Lisa Page (@NatSecLisa) December 10, 2019
[Yeah, right. I’ll bet her ‘little joy’ has a huge price tag.]
The DOJ released 375 of Page’s texts to Strzok in December 2017. The DOJ inspector general compiled the messages as part of a larger investigation into alleged bias at the FBI. The messages were released as evidence that some FBI officials displayed bias against President Trump.
Page asserts that the DOJ and the FBI released the texts as a favor to and as a way to ingratiate themselves with Trump, who was critical of the DOJ and then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions over special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian collusion.
The text messages between Page and Strzok revealed that the two officials were hiding their affair from their respective spouses. The texts also revealed that each official was critical of the president. Page was a member of the FBI’s team investigating the Trump campaign for alleged collusion with Russia to affect the 2016 election.
In the complaint filed Tuesday, the 39-year-old Page said she suffered numerous damages because of the disclosure, including a “permanent loss of earning capacity due to reputational damage” and “the cost of therapy to cope with unwanted national media exposure and harassment” at the hands of President Trump.
Page’s complaint also sought reimbursement for “the cost of childcare during and transportation to multiple investigative reviews and appearances before Congress,” the “cost of paying a data-privacy service to protect her personal information,” and attorney’s fees.
On Dec. 12, 2017, Page said in the complaint, “DOJ and/or FBI officials disclosed” her sensitive text messages “directly to a select group of reporters to ensure they would become public.” Page alleged that after discovery, she would be able to prove that senior officials knew they were violating the law, and that their conduct was “willful and intentional.”
Among those texts was a July 2016 message in which Page wrote to Strzok, “She [Hillary Clinton] just has to win now. I’m not going to lie, I got a flash of nervousness yesterday about Trump.” Within days, the FBI began investigating then-candidate Trump’s alleged connections to Russia.
And, after Trump made a joke at a presidential debate concerning his hand size, Page wrote, “This man cannot be president.” Strzok, meanwhile, called Trump a “douche,” mocked Trump supporters, and said he was “scared.”
Page’s lawsuit lamented that Trump’s tweets about her texts “have been retweeted and favorited millions of times.” Trump, Page went on, has “targeted” her “by name in more than 40 tweets and dozens of interviews, press conferences, and statements from the White House, fueling unwanted media attention that has radically altered her day-to-day life.”
She argued that federal law prevents agencies from disclosing personal records about individuals “unless an exception applies or the individual who is the subject of the record consents in writing to the disclosure.”
Page’s lawsuit claimed that there was no public-interest justification for the government’s leak, given that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz was already reviewing the texts and later found “no evidence of bias affecting investigative decisions it reviewed, including matters in which Ms. Page was involved.” Page asserted that the government leakers were trying to gain favor with Trump.
However, Horowitz noted in an initial report last year that Strzok and Page’s anti-Trump texts were “not only indicative of a biased state of mind but, even more seriously, implies a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate’s electoral prospects.” He did not conclude definitively that Page and Strzok’s actions were free from bias — only that he did not have evidence to tie bias to specific investigative actions.
In a separate bombshell report issued Monday, Horowitz extensively faulted the FBI’s secretive efforts to surveil a former Trump aide, which involved both Page and Strzok.
Earlier this month, as part of its effort to reject Strzok’s request for reinstatement at the FBI, the DOJ outlined evidence that Strzok’s wife had obtained his phone, and discovered he and Page were having an extramarital affair.
The DOJ argued that the information was relevant because Strzok had conducted FBI business on iMessage on his personal electronic devices, but insisted his phone was secure and that he had “double deleted” sensitive materials on his phone.
Page’s suit will likely face an immediate challenge from the government. The Supreme Court has previously ruled that suits against the government under the Privacy Act for mental and emotional distress are not immune from the doctrine of sovereign immunity, which limits the right of individuals to sue the federal government.
Her lawsuit does not contain an apology for her conduct, and she has long maintained that her anti-Trump views — which she shared with Strzok using FBI phones even as the two played key roles in the Hillary Clinton and Russia probes — did not affect her official duties. [Yeah, right.]
“One more thing: She might be our next president,” Page wrote to Strzok on Feb. 24, 2016. “The last thing you need us going in there loaded for bear. You think she’s going to remember or care that it was more [DOJ] than [FBI]?”
“Agreed…,” Strzok responded.